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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!!!!!

She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.””Matthew 1:21 (ESV)
Unlike the reading from Luke, Matthew does not speak of angels, shepherds, or a manger. Matthew simply states that Mary was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit and that the LORD tells Joseph in a dream not to reject her. Instead, God told him to name the baby, Jesus.
In contrast, Luke mentions nothing of the revealing of Mary’s pregnancy to Joseph or any of his struggle with what to do about it.
If we were to remove any of the Gospels from the Bible, we would lose important information, but taken together, we see a full picture of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection.
There is an old expression, “Not being able to see the forest for the trees.” In terms of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we need the trees to see the forest.”
Each one of us has been given our own individual personality. We see life from different perspectives and each one of us has been given individual gifts in ministry. One person is not greater than another, but each of our stories and the way in which we love the LORD and our neighbor is important to the total story of salvation.
There may be some in the world who are perishing because they need your specific story, your particular gift, and your act of love to reveal Jesus.
When the final chapter of the story of salvation is finally written and we stand before the throne to hear whose names are written in the Book of Life, we will discover how each of us participated in the story which completed God’s plan.
Never think you are unimportant. That would be a lie, just like saying that one book of the Bible is unimportant. Each of us has the opportunity to change the world, and we need one another, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, to complete the process.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

Almost Home !!!

I write this while sitting on the initial leg of my flight home to Thetford Farms. I will publish it while on layover in Chicago. It’s been 54 days since I left home and I’m very ready to return. One can only be away from their own bed and family for so long. My mission work has been wonderful and blessed by God. I have many memories and experiences that I will always remember and cherish.
My journeys have taken me to Paris, London, and of course New York, my home away from home. Campaigns can be very arduous and long but God gives that extra strength and power that we may not ordinarily have. I have fared just fine physically and am in great shape. I’m only a little tired. In the course of this trip I have met some tremendous people which will be life-long friendships. I have adopted 2 new wonderful “kids”, Cara and Aden Friedman, Jews for Jesus South African missionaries whom I truly love. I have been able to share the love of Jesus with many, have prayed with many, and God has allowed me to reap some of His harvest as hearts have turned to Him. Not to forget some amazing meals. A real highlight was enjoying a “full English” breakfast with Paul Grace (Just Me Being Curious) while in London over some great fellowship.
People are the same the world over and have pretty much the same problems and concerns and hopes and dreams. I’ve enjoyed listening to these from hundreds of people and sharing and comforting as we sojourn together in this life.
I now understand Europe better than I have previously, and see more of where they come from. We Americans seem to think we are the world’s ultimate standard for everything. While we may be economically (possibly), I’ve learned that spiritually we aren’t. The warmest Christians I’ve ever met in my over 50 of being a believer were in 4 churches in Europe. These churches were the most loving, warm, inclusive bodies I have ever witnessed. They truly function as Christ body where the pastors and elders ministry is no more important than the rest of the body functioning. These churches didn’t  function by the micro-management of “the clergy”, or just sitting under a preaching/teaching ministry, but they minister to one another as I’ve never witnessed, out of love for one another and for the lost all around them. It was very refreshing to see. The label of type of church meant little them. Jesus greatest commandment to love God and to love their fellow neighbor as themselves is their driving force.
I just wanted to share a few thoughts today and will share some particular incidents and people in the days to come. It’s good to be back.
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,
Levi

 

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Reflecting On Light !!!

January 5

Reflecting on Light

Genesis 1:4

Light might well be good since it sprang from that fiat of goodness, “Let there be light.” We who enjoy it should be more grateful for it than we are, and see more of God in it and by it. Physical light is said by Solomon to be sweet, but gospel light is infinitely more precious, for it reveals eternal things and ministers to our immortal natures. When the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual light and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we behold sin in its true colors, and ourselves in our real position; we see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He propounds it, and the world to come as the Word describes it. Spiritual light has many beams and prismatic colors, but whether they be knowledge, joy, holiness, or life, all are divinely good. If the light received be thus good, what must the essential light be, and how glorious must be the place where He reveals Himself. O Lord, since light is so good, give us more of it, and more of Yourself, the true light.

No sooner is there a good thing in the world than a division is necessary. Light and darkness have no communion; God has divided them–let us not confound them. Sons of light must not have fellowship with deeds, doctrines, or deceits of darkness. The children of the day must be sober, honest, and bold in their Lord’s work, leaving the works of darkness to those who will dwell in it forever.

Our churches should by discipline divide the light from the darkness, and we should by our distinct separation from the world do the same. In judgment, in action, in hearing, in teaching, in association, we must discern between the precious and the vile, and maintain the great distinction that the Lord made upon the world’s first day.

O Lord Jesus, be our light throughout the whole of this day, for Your light is the light of men.

Truth For Life Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Love, Religion

 

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Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with approximately 25 hours of fasting and intensive prayer, as well as spending much of the day in synagogue services. It begins at sundown Friday night (tonight).

Carolyne Rohrig, with whom I work at Jews For Jesus wrote this for their website, Jews For Jesus.  She also has an excellent blog here on WordPress, MessyChristians. You will want to pay here a visit.

 

 

How to Make Yom Kippur Every

Day of Your Life

It’s Yom Kippur and you know what that means.

It’s that time of the year to say you’re sorry to everyone you’ve hurt, sinned against, and snubbed.

High on the list is your mother. I know because mine is there, so yours must be too. Go ahead, talk to her and humble yourself.

How about your best friend whose boyfriend you stole in college? It’s time to suggest a meeting over a bottle of wine to get through the tough moment when you ask for forgiveness.

And don’t forget the dog. Especially that time when you promised to take good care of him when your parents were out of town for the weekend. But you took him to the kennel instead so you could throw a party for your friends. It’s a good thing he doesn’t talk, but he does have a long memory.

Recognizing our selfish behavior is one thing, asking for forgiveness is another thing entirely. That takes a skill many of us don’t possess.

So how do we go about humbling ourselves and seeking genuine heartfelt reconciliation with a person we’ve wronged?

Here are three ways:

  1. We need to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and say something like, “If I had been on the receiving end of my behavior, I would have held a grudge against you for the rest of my life.” Then let the other person talk and explain his or her feelings without interrupting and inserting your yes buts into the conversation.
  2. Acknowledge you’ve heard what she said. “I recognize I hurt you, and I ask for your forgiveness.” Then stop. You’re there take the blame. You don’t want to wheedle out of it, no matter how much you’d like to.
  3. Make whatever restitution is warranted. You may not be able to return the stolen boyfriend, or take back that snide remark about your mother’s cooking, but you can begin to love these people in meaningful ways. Even the dog. Take him for a ride in your car with the sun roof open.

Once you’ve handled “making things right” with the people in your life, it’s time to think about how you’ve treated God. Have you lived your life as if he didn’t exist? That’s the big one. It’s God’s goodness that keeps you alive and healthy, feeds and dresses you, makes it possible for you to earn a living, puts you in a family, and gives you friends. And that’s just for starters. The best gift he’s given you is a way to wipe the slate clean of all your sins against him and the other people in your life. It comes in the person of his Son, Yeshua, the promised Messiah of the Scriptures.

“And we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6 ESV

Yom Kippur can be every day (not the fasting part). What I’m talking about is if you believe in Jesus and that he paid the price of your sins on the cross, you can be forgiven now and forever.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” – John 5: 24 ESV

Now that’s worth celebrating!

 

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Life, Love, Religion

 

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Comfort En Route Home !!!!!!

Comfort En Route Home !!!!!!

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Genesis 50:24)

Joseph had been an incarnate providence to his brethren. All our Josephs die, and a thousand comforts die with them. Egypt was never the same to Israel after Joseph was dead, nor can the world again be to some of us what it was when our beloved ones were alive.

But see how the pain of that sad death was alleviated! They had a promise that the living God would visit them. A visit from Jehovah! What a favor! What a consolation! What a heaven below! O Lord, visit us this day; though indeed we are not worthy that Thou shouldest come under our roof.

But more was promised: the Lord would bring them out. They would find in Egypt a cold welcome when Joseph was dead; nay, it would become to them a house of bondage. But it was not to be so forever; they would come out of it by a divine deliverance and march to the land of promise. We shall not weep here forever. We shall be called home to the gloryland to join our dear ones. Wherefore, “comfort one another with these words.”

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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A Covenant He Remembers !!!!!!

A Covenant He Remembers !!!!!!

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. (Psalm 111:5)

Those who fear God need not fear want. Through all these long years the Lord has always found meat for His own children, whether they have been in the wilderness, or by the brook Cherith, or in captivity, or in the midst of famine. Hitherto the Lord has given us day by day our daily bread, and we doubt not that He will continue to feed us till we want no more.

As to the higher and greater blessings of the covenant of grace, He will never cease to supply them as our case demands. He is mindful that He made the covenant and never acts as if He regretted it. He is mindful of it when we provoke Him to destroy us. He is mindful to love us, keep us, and comfort us, even as He engaged to do. He is mindful of every jot and tittle of His engagements, never suffering one of His words to fall to the ground.

We are sadly unmindful of our God, but He is graciously mindful of us. He cannot forget His Son who is the surety of the covenant, nor His Holy Spirit who actively carries out the covenant, nor His own honor, which is bound up with the covenant. Hence the foundation of God standeth sure, and no believer shall lose his divine inheritance, which is his by a covenant of salt.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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Need To Open Our Mouths !!!!!!

Need To Open Our Mouths !!!!!!

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10)

What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings. Prayer should be as simple a matter as the opening of the mouth; it should be a natural, unconstrained utterance. When a man is earnest he opens his mouth wide, and our text urges us to be fervent in our supplications.

Yet it also means that we may make bold with God and ask many and large blessings at His hands, Read the whole verse, and see the argument: “I am Jehovah, thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Because the Lord has given us so much He invites us to ask for more, yea, to expect more.

See how the little birds in their nests seem to be all mouth when the mother comes to feed them. Let it be the same with us. Let us take in grace at every door. Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies. God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled. Let our needs make us open our mouths; let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant; yea, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child’s cry. The opened mouth shall be filled by the Lord Himself. So be it unto us, O Lord, this day.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Christianity, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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